nonrenewable

adjective non·re·new·able \ ˌnän-ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of nonrenewable

: not able to be renewed : not renewable
  • a nonrenewable service contract
; especially : unable to be replaced or replenished once used
  • … most of the natural resources that we exploit for energy and minerals are nonrenewable. Once they have been used up, they cannot be replenished—at least in our lifetime.
  • —Sheldon Judson and Marvin E. Kauffman
  • A nonrenewable resource is a resource that cannot be replaced after it is used. Minerals and many fuels are nonrenewable resources.
  • —Dr. Timothy Cooney et al.
  • Physical and economic shortages of nonrenewable resources require research programs aimed at developing renewable replacement resources.
  • Predicasts Technology Update
  • Lubbock is the principal city of the semi-arid southern High Plains of Texas, where the extensive, nonrenewable Ogallala aquifer is the major water resource.
  • AAG Abstracts

First Known Use of nonrenewable

1903


NONRENEWABLE Defined for Kids

nonrenewable

adjective non·re·new·able \ ˌnän-ri-ˈnü-ə-bəl , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of nonrenewable for Students

: not restored or replaced by natural processes in a short period of time
  • Petroleum is a nonrenewable resource.

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